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A World Made Safe for Differences by Christopher Shannon

By Christopher Shannon

In an international Made secure for adjustments, Christopher Shannon examines how an anthropological definition of tradition formed the valuable political and social narratives of the chilly battle period. within the heart a long time of the 20 th century, American intellectuals understood tradition as a 'whole lifestyle' and a 'pattern of values' so as to account for and accommodate changes among the US and different international locations, and inside of the USA itself. Shannon locates the ideological origins of present debates approximately multiculturalism within the pluralist considered 'consensus' liberalism. The emphasis on individualism in modern id politics, Shannon indicates, has to be understood as a legacy of the chilly warfare liberalism of the Fifties instead of the counter-culture radicalism of the Sixties. an international Made secure for modifications is a hugely unique and debatable ebook that might be of serious curiosity to scholars and students of twentieth century American background.

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Later, in part 2 of Sitting in Darkness, I return to an analysis of the dependency model and its strange career: the black schools that implemented it, including Booker T. S. colonies abroad. One of this book’s central terms, “Jim Crow colonialism,” describes how so-called Progressivist reforms in the New South and the federal government created a new system of racial stratification and labor control at home and abroad that was even more profoundly a global capitalist system than the plantation slave economies that it replaced.

S. government’s evolving foreign policies during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, particularly where the education of the newly colonized was concerned. Historians of the postwar period have focused primarily on the actions of both governments and private citizens (often those running charitable foundations), using legal texts, newspapers and journals, and textbooks and handbooks, particularly those associated with Reconstruction, plus the occasional fictional text. What happens if an extensive array of short stories, novels, and other texts 28 Introduction of imaginative literature by blacks and whites is added to the mix, while local histories are conjoined with global ones?

As such, the liberal arts model represents a profoundly different vision not just of how human beings learn, but of the purpose of freedom itself. Liberty is understood to bring with it the responsibility to be actively engaged in community-building, not merely the pursuit of individual wealth. It also requires a robust critical intelligence—that is, independent thinking and the active creation of new knowledge, not the copying of what is already known. At base, the liberal educational model sees schools as agents of justice, slowly reforming social inequities and imperfections.

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